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by Trudy Galla
Friday, May 25, 2018

LATEX PAINT

Latex paint is not considered a 'hazardous material', but it is accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and electronics collections for Leelanau HOUSEHOLDS ONLY (No more than 10, 1-gallon cans per vehicle at each Leelanau County collection). 

However, there are ways to get rid of the latex paint and not have to bring it to a collection.  Citizens are encouraged to use one of the methods listed on our flyer, which also eliminates non-hazardous materials from taking up space in the HHW collections.  

DRUGS

Drugs (Controlled substance medications, medication samples, vitamins, etc) are NOT to be put down the drain, on the ground, or in the garbage.

There is a drug disposal drop-off box located in the lobby of the Leelanau County Sheriff's office - for PILLS only.  The box is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Bring in your unused and unwanted drugs and place in the secure box.  ANONYMOUS.  NO COST.  NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

Click here for the flyer with information on proper disposal of latex paints, as well as proper disposal of drugs, including liquids like syrups.  

Items that need to be disposed of at a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronics collection require an appointment.  Call 256-9812 or email planning@co.leelanau.mi.us to get an appointment slot.  Appointments are LIMITED for all collections.

by Trudy Galla
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Leelanau Clean Water will be hosting an event titled “Leelanau Water Quality Symposium: Exploring the health of our lakes and streams! What 28 years of data show us and where emerging technology can take us” on Wednesday June 13, 2018.  This event will be held from 11- 2 p.m. on the water rich campus of the Leelanau School 1 Old Homestead Rd, Glen Arbor MI.

Watch for signs directing you to the meeting place - most likely it will be in the student dining hall.  $20/person collected at the door covers use of the space and a delicious lunch prepared with many local sourced ingredients.      

This event will serve to bring together various stakeholders all doing work to protect Leelanau water quality in an effort to share information, inspire ideas and better collaborate. This event is open to citizens of the general public with a concern or interest in water quality and water protection in Leelanau County

FLYER with more information.

Contact Yarrow Brown at 231-256-9665 or email:  ybrown@leelanauconservancy.org with any questions.  

by Trudy Galla
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Saturday, June 30, 8 am to 2pm

Location:  Glen Lake School parking lot.

The 2nd Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and Electronics collection for 2018 will be held on Saturday, June 30 at Glen Lake School.  

ALL appointment slots for this collection ARE FULL

Appointments are ALWAYS REQUIRED.  Call 256-9812 or email planning@co.leelanau.mi.us for an appointment.

Be sure to arrive AT your scheduled appointment time. 

Flyer for acceptable/unacceptable materials.

Flyer for proper disposal of Latex Paint & Drugs

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3rd collection:  Saturday, August 25 at Peshawbestown (across from the casino)

4th (FINAL) collection:  Saturday, October 6 at Elmwood Township

 

by Laurel Evans
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office and the Leelanau County Office of Emergency Management will be hosting a mass casualty training event on Wednesday, 6 June 2018, from 5-10 p.m., at the Leelanau County Sheriff’s Office located at 8525 E. Government Center Drive in Suttons Bay, Michigan.

For safety reasons, the County Courthouse building, was well as E. Government Center Drive will be closed to all traffic at 5:30 p.m.

Please contact either Sheriff Borkovich or Emergency Manager Matt Ansorge for more information.

by Laurel Evans
Monday, May 7, 2018

The Leelanau County Board of Commissioners is hosting an informal, educational session on the Open Meetings Act, conducted by the County's legal Counsel, Peter Cohl.

More information on this annual event can be obtained through the following page -

https://www.leelanau.cc/downloads/oma_flier_2018_4col_final.pdf

by Lyn Drzewiecki
Monday, May 7, 2018

UNOFFICIAL Results of the May 8, 2018 Special Election will be posted below as they are made available to the County Clerk. Canvassing will begin on May 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at the Leelanau County Government Center.

Please click here for the unofficial election results for the May 8, 2018 Special Election.

by Laurel Evans
Monday, May 7, 2018

The Leelanau County 2018 Boater Safety Class will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018, from 8 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Leelanau County Government Center.

The flier in its entirety can be viewed on the Marine Safety webpage.

by Trudy Galla
Friday, May 4, 2018

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 4, 2018

Contact:  Leelanau County Solid Waste Council

Burning Your Household Trash Does Not Make it Go Away

(Leelanau County, Michigan, May 2018) – It’s spring cleaning time and for many that means gathering up all the unwanted items in the house, garage and garden. The temptation to throw it into a pile, barrel, or even an outdoor boiler may be strong. But wait! Don’t light that match!

Not only is backyard burning harmful to your health and the environment, it is also against the law.   Public Act 102 of 2012 prohibits trash burning of household waste that contains plastic, rubber, foam, chemically treated wood, textiles, electronics, chemicals, hazardous materials.

Backyard burning of household trash releases toxins into the air. The harmful dioxins and furans that are produced in the burning process don’t simply go up in smoke. They settle on plants and waterways and are in the ash that is produced. From the air, the toxins and ash can find their way into the dirt of your vegetable garden and into the food that you eat. Kids playing in the area may be exposed to them as well. They can cause serious health concerns such as rashes, nausea, dizziness and headaches, burning or itching eyes and nose, coughing, aggravation of respiratory ailments, and an increase of heart disease.

The longer a fire burns and smolders more toxins are produced. According to the New York State Department of Health burning 10 pounds of household trash may produce as much air pollution as a modern, well-controlled incinerator burning 400,000 pounds of trash.

And there is always a risk of the burn pile getting out of control and creating a damaging, accidental fire.

Don’t light that match!  Reduce, reuse, recycle, compost, and then dispose the rest with a commercial waste hauler or your local transfer station.